snorkel

noun
snor·kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl \

Definition of snorkel 

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1 : a plastic breathing tube used for swimming near the surface with the head underwater He swam about 250 yards on the surface, using a snorkel to breathe, to get past the barren sandy bottom. —Brian Clark No complicated equipment—just a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you're set to explore a shimmering world of exotic fish and Technicolor coral. —Richard Alleman

2 : a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a vehicle's engine that can be extended above the water's surface so that the engine can be operated while the vehicle is partially or fully submerged Water entered the snorkel of an Argentine submarine and caused one of its batteries to short circuit before the vessel went missing this month, a navy spokesman said Monday.Chicago Tribune Most need to be specially modified … with extra ground clearance to get over big rocks, an exhaust snorkel for river crossings, industrial-strength suspension, and an engine with enough torque to power through mud and sand. —Jerry Guo

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling\ˈsnȯr-k(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to operate or swim submerged using a snorkel

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Other words from snorkel

Verb

snorkeler \ˈsnȯr-k(ə-)lər \ noun

Examples of snorkel in a Sentence

Verb

We snorkeled in the Caribbean on our vacation last year.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are baseball gloves, snorkels and boogie boards; there are sand shovels, Frisbees and a tennis racket or four. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Fish-Crazy Boy and a Clueless Dad Find a Family Legacy," 5 July 2018 Though volcanic, the lushly forested St. Lucia has golden sands on glorious beaches like Anse Cochon and Marigot Bay; cool off with a snorkel in the shallow waters near Anse Piton beach, where the reef teems with trumpetfish and eel. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 After graduating from a specialized unit in boot camp, recruits undergo a nine-week preparatory course that exposes them to the rigors of their career fields, everything from underwater swimming and mask and snorkel recovery to 5-mile runs. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 Not just for kids Forget the arm floaties and inner tubes from summer camp. Experimenting with tools like pull buoys, paddles, kickboards, fins, and snorkels can be really beneficial for your overall performance. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Watch Ryan Gosling Go Swimming in his Ralph Lauren Suit," 26 June 2018 Parasailing, jet skiing, snorkel tours, sunset sails and fishing expeditions are available for a price. Lizette Alvarez, New York Times, "The Cheeca Lodge Is Back, Tiki Bar and All," 23 June 2018 A half-day snorkel cruise cost about $100 a person. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "A beach agnostic’s guide to Hawaii," 13 June 2018 Its snorkel also folds for easy packing ($60, myseabeast.com). Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Are Full-Face Snorkels Actually Better than Traditional Masks?," 8 June 2018 After a snorkel session exploring the healthy reefs, most of our group lolled in the shallows for a dip. New York Times, "Want to See the Wild Side of Cuba? Try a Kayak," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While living in Florida, Hurley and his wife went snorkeling. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU basketball coach Bobby Hurley dishes on Sun Devils' 2018 roster," 10 July 2018 The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is highly recommended. Allie Almario, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to the Galápagos Islands," 5 Oct. 2016 The two stars were spotted enjoying their time relaxing, splashing around the ocean, and snorkeling together during their island escape. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Holds Hands With Boyfriend Joe Alwyn in Turks and Caicos: See the Sweet Pic," 10 July 2018 The grounds of the hotel are expansive, featuring two beach options—one perfect for families, snorkeling, and beach-side shopping and the other serving as a secluded adults-only respite. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide to Saint Lucia," 11 June 2018 By Tuesday morning, lava had completely filled the bay, where vacationers had enjoyed tide pools, snorkeling, and picnics, Hawaii News Now reported. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Volcanic Lava in Hawaii Destroyed Hundreds of Homes in One Night," 6 June 2018 Photo: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock A honeymoon checklist typically involves vacay activities like snorkeling, sightseeing, or laying on a lounge chair with a quality beach read. refinery29.com, "Kaley Cuoco Had Surgery On Her "Honeymoon"," 6 July 2018 An Idaho woman died snorkeling off Key Largo Saturday afternoon, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. David Goodhue, miamiherald, "Idaho woman dies snorkeling off Key Largo Saturday," 30 June 2018 If that is just too adventurous for you, how about going on a family bike tour, camping, or a tropical vacation to the islands for snorkeling, sailing, and surfing. Kimberly Garrison, Philly.com, "Fun ways to entice your kids to exercise | Kimberly Garrison," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of snorkel

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snorkel

Noun

German Schnorchel

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snort

snorter

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snorkel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a special tube that makes it possible to breathe while you are swimming with your head underwater

snorkel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater while using a snorkel

snorkel

noun
snor·kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl \

Kids Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tube used by swimmers for breathing with the head underwater

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling

Kids Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater using a tube for breathing

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